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Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate,N.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas., Peachland, N. C. 




Bear Creek Primitive Baptist 

Spring and Fall Sessions 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wmgate,N.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk and Treas, Peachland, N. C. 

rhirty-ninth Spring Session held with the church at 
Watson, Union county, N. C, Saturday before first Sun- 
day in May, 1923. Also of the Ninety-first Annual or 
Fall Session held with the church at Pleasant Hill, Iredell 
county, N. C, on Saturday before first Sunday in Octo- 
ber, 1923. 



Watson Church, Union County, N. C, 
Saturday, May, 5 1923. 

At 1 1 o'clock, A. M. the ministers and messengers 
present assembled in the house and after singing and 
prayer. Elder W.F. Pruett was requested to preach the in- 
troductory sermon, which he did from the 1st verse of the 
second chapter of Ephesians. Intermission one hour. 
Then on account of rain the association session was held 
in the home of brother Troy Simpson near by and preach- 
ing services in the meeting house. 

At 1 :30 P. M. the moderator called the body to order 
and requested Elder J. G. Southern to open service with 

1. Called for the church letters. These were handed 
in and read by Bro. H. M. Baucom. 

2. Re-elected Elder W. C. Edwards Moderator and 
J. W. Jones Clerk. 

3. Invited messengers from sister associations to seats. 
Elder C. A. Davis* of Salem, present and seated. Elder 
H. M. WilHams of Silver Creek seated. Also Elder S. G. 
Candill of Senter seated. 

4. Invited visiting ministers and brethren of sister as- 
sociations to seats. Present and eated were the follow- 
ing: From Stanton River, Elder J. R. Wilson.' From 
Upper Country Line, Elder W. F. Pruette. From 
Greensboro, Elder D. G. Staples and Elder J. G. South- 
ern. From Little River, Elder J. E. Adams and Elder 
M. L. Riner of Lots Creek Georgia. Also received and 
seated brother H. E. Walser from Abbotts Creek. 

5. Then called on committee, who were appointed last 
October to visit Jones Hili, to report. This committee 
were instructed by the association to advise with these 
brethren and sisters at Jones Hill and if possible, help 
them to restore peace and fellowship among themselves, 
but only one party or side of their trouble would meet 
with, or attend the meeting and we believe the party at- 
tending as represented by brethren John Little, Adam 


Morton and Walter Greene, to be the Jones Hill church 
in order. This adopted and ratified by the association. 

6. That Elders W. F. Pruette, M. L. Riner, C. A, 
Davis and J. R. Wilson preach at the stand on Sunday, 
service to commence at 10 A. M. 

7. Appointed on arrangement committee. Elder W. R. 
Helms and Brothers P. A. Howard and J. F. Burrus with 
moderator and clerk. 

8. Adjourned to 9:30 Monday morning. Benediction 
by the moderator. 

Saturday evening preaching by Elders, J. E. Adams, 
J. G. Southern and D. G. Staples. 


Service at stand in grove at 10 A. M. 

First, Elder W. F. Pruette, Text, Bring all your 
Tithes into the Lord's Store House. 

Second, Elder M. L. Riner, Text, 1st verse of 61st 
chapter of Isaiah. 

Intermission one hour. 

Third, Elder C. A. Davis, Text, 1st verse of 5 1st chap- 
ter of Isaiah. 

Fourth, Elder J. R. Wilson, Text, Awake O North 
Wind, etc. 

Fifth, Elder B. L. Treece, Text, According as He has 
chosen us etc. 

This was a good day, large crowd and wonderfully 
able and soul cheering preaching. Much love and interest 


Reconvened at 9:30 A. M. pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder S. G. Candill. Renewed in- 
vitation to visiting brethren to seats. 

9. Called on arrangement committee to report. Re- 
port read and adopted. 

10. Called roll of messengers, noted absentees. Omit- 
ted reading Rules of Decorum. 

11. Called on our correspondents to sister associations 
to report. Brother Burrus reported that he and others 


attended Salem and Mill Branch and had good meetings. 

12. Called on corresponding messengers from sister 
♦ associations and visiting ministers present to report. Ei- 
ders C. A. Davis of Salem, H. M. Williams Silver Creek^ 
M. L. Riner of Georgia, J. R. Wilson of Stanton River 
and S. G. Candill all made pleasing reports. Also receive- 
ed and distributed corresponding Minutes from Mill 
Branch, Salem, Abbotts Creek, Silver Creek, Mountain 
District, Nolachuckey of Tenn., Senter and Zion Asso- 

13. Called on Presbyteries to report. No report. 

14. That we return thanks to God, this church and 
friends of the community for their kindness during this 

15. Adjourned to time and place mentioned in last 

Benediction by the moderator. 

Preaching at the stand today in following order by El- 
ders J. E. Adams, J. G. Southern, D. G. Staples, J. R. 
Wilson and closed by short but timely admonition by the 
moderator. At the close of these services two humble la- 
dies were received into the fellowship of the Watson 
church amid much rejoicing. This was such a good 
meeting and we feel revived and built up in the Christian 
hope. Such meetings help to perpetuate peace and love 
among God's people on earth. 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator. 

J. W. JONES. Clerk. 


Bear Creek — ^Jason Eudy, J. A. Barbee, A. J. Furr. 
Bethany — By Letter. 

Concord— M. A. Helms,* J. F. Burrus,* Elder W. R. Helms. 
Clarks Grove — E. Barbee,* Robt. Lee. 

Crooked Creek — J. E. Benton, D. A. Simpson, L. W. Greene. 
Flat Lake— C. C, Hall,* C. R. McLendon,* D. P. Dunn. 
Freedom — A. J. Deese. 

High Hill— J. J. Hill, C. T. Mills, W. M, Clontz. 
Hig-h Ridge— Willie Helms, Eld. W. C. Edwards, John Smith. 
Howards Chapel — M. F. Coble, P. A. Howard, Arch Carpenter. 
Jerusalem — H. F. Curlee, Crawford Thomas, Fult Thomas. 
Jones Hill — J. A. Little,* Walter Green, Jona Morton. 
Liberty — John Whitley, Oscar Broome, Ed. Privitte. 
Liberty Hill— J. T. Crisco. 

Lawyers Spring — J. W. Jones, H. M, Baucom, C. B. Edwards. 
Meadow Creek — Elder D. S. Jones, H. A. Williams.' 
Mountain Creek — Elder B. L, Treece, Willie Morton, J. C. Miller. 
New Zion — S. M. Underwood,* W. M. Coley. 
Pleasant Hill — J, A, Lee,* Jonas Taylor.* 
Pleasant Grove— Elder J. F. Mills, A. M. Helms, E. MuUis. 
Philadelphia — F. N. Gardner, Fostei Beam,* Sam McKiney, 
Running Creek— W. T. Tucker, J. H. McClure, R. F. Almond. 
Union Grove— S, D. Outen, A, E. Little, L. W. Medlin. n 
Watson — J. T. Rushing, Oscar Mullis, S. L. MuUis. 
Absentees marked thus (*) 



Pleasant Hill Church, Iredell County, N. C. 

Saturday, October, 6 1923. 

Assembled in the house at 1 1 o'clock, A. M. and intro- 
ductory sermon preached by Elder D. Smith Webb, a vis- 
itor from New River Association. Text, 9tl^ verse of 
12th chapter of 2nd Cor, Intermission one hour for din- 
ner. About 1 :30 P. M. re-assembled for business. 
Praise and prayer conducted by Elder W. C. McMillon. 
Then Elder Edwards the moderator took his seat and 
proceeded in usual order. 

1. Called for the letters from the several churches. 
These were handed in and read by brother H.- M. Bau- 
com, reading clerk. Then by motion, the messengers 
named in the letters were seated in council. 

2. Re-elected Elder W. C. Edwards Moderator and 
J. W. Jones Clerk. 

3. Invited messengers present from sister correspond- 
ing associations to seats. The following were present, 
seated and welcomed: From Salem, Elder C. A. Davis 

^ and Brother T. J. Greer. From Senter, Elder J. A. 
Cave. From Mill Branch, Brother R. C. Gore. From 
Mountain District, Elder S. G. Candill and Brethren J. 
M. Rector, T. A. Tender, Floyd Edwards, Oscar Can- 
dill, Hyram Edwards and L. M. Reeves. From Abbots 
Creek, Brethren H. E. Walser and _. _. Williams. From 

. Silver Creek, Brethren W. A. and T. H. Bentley and 
Charlie McGee. From Tennessee — Nolachuckey, Elder 
W. C. McMillon. From Fishers River, Elder J. M. 
Royal. Mluntes from Tennessee — Nolachuckey and Ab- 
botts Creek. 

4. Invited visiting ministers and brethren present from 
sister associations to seats. The following present, seat- 
ed and welcomed: Elder Lee Hanks of Yellow River of 
Ga., Elder D. Smith Webb of New River of Va., Elder 
E; A. Long of Roaring River, Elder J. R. Wilson of 
Danville, Va., Elder W. F. Pruecte of Upper Country 
Line, Elder Xure Lee and Brother B. F. Wood of Seven 


Mile and Brother J. W. Terry of Lower Country Line 
and Brother J. W. Moorfield of Mayo and Elder L. J. 
Gresham of Texas. 

5. Appointed Brethren W. H. Curlee, W. M. Clontz 
and Crawford Thomas with Moderator and Clerk a 
committee on arrangements. 

6. Appointed Brethren H. M. Baucom and P. A. 
Howard committee on Finance. 

7. That Elders W: F. Pruette, Lee Hanks, J. R. Wil- 
son, D. Smith Webb and W. C. McMillon preach at the 

• stand on Sunday and that service commence at 10 o'clock 
A. M. 

8. Adjourned to 9 A. M. Monday. Benediction by 
the moderator. Preaching Saturday P. M. by Elders J. 
A. Cave and W. C. McMillon. 


Assembled around the stand at 10 A. M. Elder W. F. 
Pruette preached first from these words : "Be ye doers 
of the Word and not hearers only." Followed by Elder 
Lee Hanks from 13th to and including the 18th verse of 
Matthew, followed by Elder J. R. Wilson, from first 
verse of 40th chapter of Isa. 

Intermission, one hour for dinner. 

Then re-assembled and preaching continued by Elder 
D. Smith Webb, from 36th verse of 4th chapter of Luke, 
followed by Elder W, C. McMillon, from the words "Yc 
must be born again." The word was preached in pow- 
er and much feeling and received joyfully by the hearers 
and not a jar or note of discord existed. 

Re-convened in the house pursuant to adjournment. 
Praise and prayer by Elder J. M. Royal. 

9. On resuming his seat the Moderator called on ar- 
rangement committee to report. Same was read and ap- 

10. Renewed invitation to all visiting ministers and 
brethren to seats. 

11. Called roll of messengers' names and noted ab- 


sentees, but omitted reading Rules of Decorum. 

12: Called on our corresponding messengers to sister 
associations to report. Brother J. F. Burrus stated that 
he attended the Silver Creek association, was received 
and had good meeting. Elder W. R. Helms stated that 
he and Elder B. L. Treece attended the Mountain Dis- 
trict association, was received and had most comforting 
meeting. J. W. Jones reported that brethren W. A. 
Dry, T. A. McClellan and himself attended the Abbots 
Creek association, are received and seated. 

13. Called on correponding messengers from sister . 
associations to report. Brother Floyd Edwards report- 
ed peace and union and a desire to continue our mutual 
correspondence. Elder C. A. Davis of Salem reported 

a desire for a continued correspondence, and also same 
request by brother W. A. Bentley, of Silver Creek and 
Elder J. A. Cave, of Senter and Elder J. M. Royal, of 
Fishers' River and brother R. C. Gore, of Mill Branch. 
Very touching remarks of fellowship and endorsement 
of our people here in this association were made by El- 
ders Lee Hanks, D. Smith Webb, E. A. Long and Xure 
Lee, who were present as visitors. This was much ap- 

14. Called on Presbyteries to report. Elder W. R. 
Helms reported that himself and Elder W. C. Edwards 
and Deacon J. H. McClure formed a Presbytery on 
Tuesday before second Sunday in June, 1923 at Run- 
ning Creek church and ordained brother E. M. Hatley 
a Deacon. Also Elder C. A. Davis stated that himself 
and Elder A. G. Morton formed a Presbytery on Satur- 
day before fourth Sunday in June, 1923 at Pleasant Hill 
church and ordained brother Sam Rimmer a Deacon. 

15. That we continue our usual and pleasant corres- 
pondence with sister associations as follows : To Ab- 
botts Creek, Minutes, To Mill Branch, Elder W. R. 
Helms and brother J. M. Taylor, J. F. Burns and Min- 
utes. To Salem, Elder D. S. Jones, brother J. F. Burrus 
and Minutes. To Mountain District, Elder B. L. 
Treece, W. C. Edwards, W. R. Helms and brother J. 


M. Taylor, J. F. Burrus and Minutes. To Senter, El- 
der D. S. Jones, Willie Helms and Minutes. To Silver 
Creek, Elder W. R. Helms and Minutes. To Tennessee 
and Nolachuckey, Minutes. To Fishers' River, Elder 
W. R. Helms, brother W. A. Helms and Minutes. 

16. Treasurer reported no funds left over from last 

17. Finance committee reported sent up by the 
churches this year for Minute fund and associational pur- 
poses $108.05. 

18. That the clerk apportion out among ministers 
present, surplus funds. 

19. Resolved, that we, the ministers and messengers 
now present and composing this session of the Bear Creek 
Primitive Baptist Association recommend the resolutions 
sent up to this session by several of our churches, stating, 
that they do not believe that God predestinated sin or the 
evil acts of men and Devils and we advise all of the 
churches of this association to adopt such resolutions and 
also that we advise our churches not to fellowship any 
man who advocates or preaches such false doctrine and 
that we keep such men out of our pulpits. 

f (The above was unanimously adopted and ordered 
published in our Minutes and was heartily endorsed by 
all the home and visiting ministers present.) 

20. That our next Spring session of this association 
convene with the church at Lawyers Spring, Anson coun- 
ty, N. C, 12 miles west of Wadesboro, on Seaboard Rail 
Road and in the little town of Peachland, N. C, com- 
mencing on Saturday before the first Sunday in May, 
1924. Elder B. L. Treece to preach the introductory 
sermon; Elder J. M. Bagwell, alternate. And that the 
Fall or annual session convene with the church at Mea- 
dow Creek, Stanly county, N. C, near the town of Stan- 
field on Norfolk and Southern Rail Road, between Char- 
lotte and Norwood, N. C, and commence on Saturday 
before the first Sunday in October, 1924. Elder W. C. 
Edwards to preach the introductory sermon. Elder J. M. 
Bagwell also His alternate. 


21. That the clerk superintend and have 1100 copies 
of these Minutes printed and distributed as usual and 
that he have twelve dollars of our funds for services. 

22. That we return thanks to God, this church and 
people of surrounding community for hospitality and 
kindness during this meeting. 

(Then read and approved above Minutes.) 

23. Adjourned in order to time and place above men- 
tioned and closed with short prayer by the Moderator. 

Preaching at the stand today by Elders J. M. Royal, 
Xure Lee and B. L. Treece. 

ELDER W. C. EDWARDS, Moderator, Wingate,N.C. 
J. W. JONES, Clerk, Peachland, N. C. 


Bear Creek — A. J. Furr, Jason Eudy, Henry Almon. 
Bethany — Represented by Elder J. F. Mills, 
Concord — M. A. Helms, J. F. Burrus, James Hinson,* 
Clarks Grove — R, J. Lee, E, Barbee.* 

Crooked Creek — L. L. Little, D, L, Williams, D. A. Simpson. 
Freedom — A, J. Deese. 

Flat Lake— C. R. McLendon,* C. C. Hall,* D. P. Dunn.* 
High Hill— Elder J. M, Bagwell, J, J, Hill, W. M. Clontz. 
Hig-h Ridge— Elder W. C. Edwards, J. P. Rushing, John. Smith. 
Howards Chapel— M. F, Coble,* P, A. Howard. 
Jerusalem — W. H. Curlee, Crawford Thomas, E. W. Helms. 
Jones Hill— A, A, Morton,* Walter Green,* J, A, Little,* 
Liberty— J. B. Whitley. 
Liberty Hill— J. T. Crisco. 

Lawyers Spring — J. W. Jones, H. M. Baucom, C. B. Edwards. 
Meadow Creek— H. A. Williams,* Elder D. S. Jones. 
Mountain Creek — Willie Morton, J. S. Miller, J. S. Misenheimer. 
New Zion — Willie Coley, S. M. Nnderwood.* 
Pleasant Grove — L. L. Griffin, J. M. Williams, James Edwards. 
Pleasant Hill — Sam Rimmer, J. M. Stamper, R. C. Perkins. 
Philadelphia— S. J, McKiney,* Julius Beam,* F. N. Gardner.* 
Running Creek — R. F. Almon, J. D. Eudy, W. M. Almon. 
Union Grove— T, F, Hill, S, D. Outen, L. W. Medlin. 
Watson — W. A. Hargett, Troy Simpson. 
Absentees marked thus (*). 





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Communion Meeting 

Bear Creek — J. A. Barbee, Oakboro, N. C, _^ 1st in August 

Bethany — Miss Jane P. Pones, Rt.-A., Wadesboro N. C, _ 3rd Aug. 

Concord — M. A. Helms, Kanapojis, N. C, __ 3rd in August 

Clarks Grove— E. Barbee, Stanfield, N. C, Rt.-2, 2nd in Aug. 

Crooked Creek — L. L. Little, Unionville, N. C, __ __ 4th in July 

Freedom— J. W. Deese, Rt.-6, Albemarle, N. C. 

Flat Lake— C. R. McLendon, Rt.-l, Mt. Gilead, N. C, _ 4th in July 

iHigh Hill— W. M. Clontz Rt.-l, Unionville, N. C, 1st in Sept. 

High Ridge— J. B. Medlin, Rt.-l, Marshville, N. C. __ 3rd in July 
Howards Chapel — Arch Carpenter, Rt.-l, Norwood, N. C, 1st Sept. 

Jerusalem — T. F. Mills, Marshville, N. C, 2nd in August 

Jones Hill— Walter Green, Oakboro, N. C. R. 1. 3rd in Sept. 

Liberty— J. B. Whitley, Rt. 7, Monroe, N. C. 

Liberty Hill— J. A. Barbee, Oakboro, N. C. 4th in July 

Lawyers Springs — H. M. Baucom, Peachland, N. C. 1st in Aug. 
Meadow Creek— H. A, Williams, Rt. 7, Salisbury, N. C. _ 3rd Aug. 
Mountain Creek — J. S. Misenheimer, Albemarle, N. C. _ 2nd Sept. 
Pleasant Hill— H. P. P. Cashion, Rt. 2, Barber, N. C. __ 4th in June 

Philadelphia — Foster Beam, Ellenboro, N. C. 4th in Aug. 

Running Creek— J. H. McClure, Rt. 1, Mt. Pleasant, N. C. 2nd Aug, 

Union Grove— A. E. Little Unionville, N. C. 2nd in Sept. 

Watson— S. L, Mullis, Rt. 2, Unionville, N. C. 4th in May 


Elder J. F. Mills, Route 1, Marshville, N. C. 
Elder W. C. Edwards, Wingate, N. C. 
Elder Henry Taylor, Monroe, N. C. 
Elder B. L. Treeee, Route 2, Albemarle, N. C. 
Elder W. R. Helms, Mt. Pleasant, N. C. 

Elder D. S. Jones, Stanfield, N. C. j , 

Elder J. M. Bagwell, Monroe, N. C. 1 


Sent up by the churches for printing Minutes 

and associational expense __ __ __ __ __ __$108.05 

For Printing and MaiHng Minutes __ $ 48.00 

Allowance to Clerk for Service 12.00 

Distributed to Ministers 45.00 

Total Disbursements __$105.00 $105.00 

Leaving in Treasury to be spent \3n New Book_$. 3.05 



1st. A Moderator, or Chief Speaker, and Clerk may 
be chosen by the suffrages of the members present. 

2nd. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall take his 
seat at the hour to which the Association shall be ad- 
journed, and after prayer shall proceed to business. It 
shall be his duty to keep order, and shall be entitled to the 
same privilege of speech as that of another member; pro- 
vided, he appoint one of the members to fill the chair dur- 
ing the exercise of such privilege, and in no case shall 
give a vote unless the Association be equally divided. 

3rd. Only one member shall be allowed to speak at a 
time, who shall rise from his seat and address the Chief 
Speaker by the appellation of brother, and while speaking 
shall confine himself strictly to the subject in question, 
and shall not be interrupted unless he digress from the 
subject, and shall in no wise reflect on any other speaker, 
so as to make remarks on his slips and failings and imper- 
fections, but shall fairly give his own views of the case 
without sophistry or criticism. 

4th. No person shall speak more than three times on 
one subject without leave of the Association. 

5th. No person shall absent himself from the Asso- 
ciation without leave. 

6th. No member of the Association shall address any 
other member by any other term or name than that of 


7th. The Chief Speaker, or Moderator, shall not in- 
terrupt one member to prohibit him from speaking until 
his speech is finished, except he break the Rules of Deco- 

8th. The names of all members of the Association 
shall be enrolled by the clerk, and be called over as often 
as the Association may require. 

9th. Any member who shall willingly and knowingly 
break or violate any of the foregoing rules of this Asso- 
ciation, shall be reproved by the Association in any way 
they may think proper. 


Article 1. We believe in one only living and true God, 
the Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost. 

Art. 2. We believe in the man Jesus being '■he first ot 
all God's creation and the pattern of all God's perfec- 
tion in nature, providence, grace and glory, and in rela- 
tive union with the divine word, and thus united with the 
whole Trinity. 

Art. 3. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and 
New testaments contain the only written revealed word 
of God, and are the perfect rule of faith and practice 
for God's church in her militant state while here on earth. 

Art. 4. We believe in the doctrine of Election, that 
God chose His church in Christ Jesus before the world 

Art. 5. We believe in all mankind's apostacy by 
transgression in Adam, the federal head. 

Art. 6. We believe in the doctrine of original sin. 

Art. 7. We believe in the impotency of man to recover 
himself from his fallen state by his own free will and 

Art. 8. We believe that sinners are justified freely by 
grace and before God by faith in Christ and his right- 
eousness only. 

Art. 9. \Ve believe that God's elect or church shall be 
called, converted, regenerated and sanctified by the Holy 
Spirit in due time. 

Art. 10. We believe that the saints shall persevere in 


grace and never really fall away. 

Art. 11. We believe that baptism and the Lord's Sup- 
per are ordinances of Christ's appointment and that be- 
lievers alone are the subjects of baptism and the only pro- 
per communicants of the supper; that the mode of bap- 
tism is immersion, and that neither of the ordinances is 
to be altered or changed by the inventions or opinions 
of men. 

Art. 12. W^e believe that no man as a minister has any 
right to the administration of any of the ordinances of 
the gospel except such as are sound in the faith of the 
gospel, regularly baptised, called of God and have come 
under the imposition of hands by a regular Presbytery. 

Art. 13. We believe in the resurrection of the dead, 
both the just and the unjust, and a general judgment. 

Art. 14. We believe that the punishment of the wick- 
ed will be everlasting and the joys of the righteous eter-